New mums take an average of 18 months to get back into the swing of things after giving birth
A new survey of mums has found that it takes women an average of 18 months to feel “like a woman” again after giving birth. The survey by abeautifulmummy.co.uk asked 3,000 mums how they felt about themselves and their role in the months after having a baby.
The survey found that women suffered a dip in confidence after having their first child due to the responsibility of having a newborn combined with a lack of body confidence, sleep deprivation and a chaotic routine.
Around 60% of the mums said their confidence suffered when they discovered their old clothes didn’t fit and 63% worried they were “letting themselves go” by paying less attention to their hair, make up and clothes. But many mums blamed this on the difficulties of a breastfeeding wardrobe and having no time to themselves.
“It is no wonder new mums find it harder to take care of themselves as they come to term with their new role – at the end of the day this new baby is the centre of their world,” said Claire Burns, from the site.
However, after 18 months, women were getting back into the swing of things, more confident in their role as mother and in many cases returning to work and feeling happier with their post-baby bodies.
How long did you stay in your baby bubble?
I feel like I'm just coming out of the baby bubble now after 4 1/2yrs although I did have 3 children in just over 3 years! My youngest is now 16mths and I also suffered from PND. I've come to accept that I will never again be a size 8 but then I'm not 23 anymore either. I stopped weighing myself and trying to lose the weight and accepted that I as long as I'm healthy and my children are happy then that is the most I can do, I'm just a different shape now I've had children and I made sure I bought clothes that were flattering to my new figure and that I could breastfeed easily in and still wear after I had stopped, I became a bit obsessed with scarfs and shoes to accessorise with.
I personally would recommend every new mum to get herself a lovely cardigan or two and some pretty nursing vests, I felt a lot more confident feeding my youngest like this as I wasn't too exposed or hot or cold and could use the scarves for added privacy if I wanted to.
Ha I think I'll be in mine permenantly aswel!!!
Would never want to return to ''the old me'' felt a little like I'd lost confidence after birth of DS 1,but it soon returned,with a vengence!!!
I much prefer the lifestyle I have now,long may the bubble continue.
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